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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Jan 24, 2009 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

After replacing a perfectly functional battery and an apparently perfectly functional (at least it was until I used a titanium drill bit and a roofing hammer to get it out) alternator I still can't get our other beater to keep a charge. I finally got the new alternator in and jumped it and drove it like an asshole and opened it up (as much as a 95 ford escort can open up) and after about 20 minutes of pedal to the metal cruising I go to start it and nothing... not a damn spark to be found.

It can't be the starter or it wouldn't start with a jump. It can't the battery because it's brand new and the one I thought was dead and took back to the store was refused because they put it on a charger and there was nothing wrong with it. I know it isn't the cables because I almost electrocuted myself trying to tighten the connecting bolt on it while it was running. It has new plugs, new spark plug cables and all the fuses are good.

WTF could it be? I have to get it running again in a week and won't have any extra money for a month. I don't believe in credit cars anymore, they ruined my life. Before I shoot this evil machine or take it somewhere and have to float a hot check, anyone got any ideas?

I bought a 12 pack just now and I don't like to drink but I am going to, oh yes, I am going to. And that car better not still be out there when I go back or it's dead meat.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jan 24, 2009 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

seems like the starter doesnt get any power (because of the dirt coat). check out the point where the power cable is connected to the starter. clean the connection and screw it tight. takes about 5 mins

i had the same problem, several times, w/ my old vw. worked for me every time


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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Jan 25, 2009 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll give them a try. Then I will shoot that car in the face if it doesn't work.

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Poster: Bassy Twang Date: Jan 25, 2009 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

escorts don't have faces NC... just grills.. TIRE FIRE would be the way to go

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 25, 2009 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

to quote Howard Cosell - "Look at that little greasy monkey go!"

well, does it?

This post was modified by rastamon on 2009-01-25 16:58:09

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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Jan 25, 2009 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

Well since I start a new job in the morning and it tales me at least 24 hours to amputate the carbon stained flesh from my hands I decided to take it to the shop tonight and get an estimate, then go and buy the parts and mess with it Friday night when I have no classes, in the dark about 140 feet from any source of electricity, fun times never end. It has to be running by Saturday morning or someone will lose their job. I hope the new administration supplies free running cars, I still have not gotten the medicaid card...

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Poster: Pork Soda Date: Jan 25, 2009 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

"free running cars"?
I sure hope you're not a skilled professional or a white male construction worker.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jan 25, 2009 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

lol-good, very good!!

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Poster: Bassy Twang Date: Jan 24, 2009 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

yes, a proper ground can be a bitch and a voltage regulater/relay can be a bitch, but 95 Escort it a total bitch. Get out the shotgun or donate it for the writeoff.

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Poster: CPettingill Date: Jan 24, 2009 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

Get the folks wherever you bought the alternator to hook up an amp. meter to the car while it's running and see if it's actually charging. Last time I bought an alternator it took three tries to get one that actually worked. It's a 1989 with 230,000 miles on it, and been working fine for two years with the "new" alternator.

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Poster: Bassy Twang Date: Jan 24, 2009 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

My 77 Corolla had 468,000 2 alternators, 1 head gasket only because a water port corroded, but easily fix with JB Weld. 11 set of rubber and never a clutch replacement. Now it's doing Autocross somewhere.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l269/toyocharged/01-77JohnSharp.jpg

This post was modified by Bassy Twang on 2009-01-25 02:35:13

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Poster: Bassy Twang Date: Jan 24, 2009 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

don't forget the notorious time chain and belt on the Escort.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 25, 2009 3:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

It's sorta cool how everyone's pulling for the kid.

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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Jan 25, 2009 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

Yes, thanks to all. I have narrowed it down by decuction to a cable from the alternator to the battery for the simple reason that the juice from the battery is getting to the battery, if not jumping it would not turn the solinoid. It's not the alternator because the heiroglyphics on the radio display are gone and I was able to get a CD out of it and play the radio without any strange alien light patterns on the dash.

it has to be a cable going from the alternator to the battery.... I think the old one was bad, maybe it shorted the cable somehow... now if I can get this guy in mumbai to get my printer working on my network via chat, I'll be ok...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 25, 2009 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

I didn't chime in cause the last time I helped with a car and its electrical problems it was for a VW, and I had grown up thinking if it wasn't the battery it was the generator, or the alternator, and now I can't even recall (see? that's how bad I am with this shit) which, but I said, knowingly, "it's the generator/alternator" and the kid took it in and told the repair guy that and he said, "listen, dumbass, they (VWs) DON't have that!"

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 24, 2009 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

cartalk.com

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Poster: Thai Stick Date: Jan 24, 2009 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

Im a dumb Monkey, i seek out Professionals

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Poster: angular Date: Jan 24, 2009 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

Ford from 85-95 was notorious for a bad engine piece in the car. It is called a TFI module. It is attatched to the distributor. I would run my car and no problem (or shutdown) and there would be no electricity in the engine at all. Research this piece on google. Not saying it is what is wrong, but it could be a piece.

Good luck, I buried my car.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jan 24, 2009 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Any grease monkeys in here?

hi noise check the ground cable and make sure its cleaned and the wire's on the starter should be tight if it has a cpu in it it might need to be reset!!